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Swimming Pool Safety: Why maintanance is important

Posted by Josefine Koehn on Tue, May 15, 2012 @ 36:08 AM

swimming_pool_chester_nySafety should be considered the most important feature when it comes to building your pool. According to the statistics for the Consumer Products Safety Commission each year 300 children under the age of five drown in a pool - despite most pools in our days are equipped with fences, alarms or pool covers.

Hazard 1: Old Fencing and Gates
The problem is, that many pool owners do not keep up with the maintenance of their pool safety features. Once a wooden fence and gate has survived many winters and rainstorms, it will not be sturdy enough to keep a determined 5-year old away from the promising blue sparkle of the water. Since the wood deteriorates over time the problem tends to sneak up on people. But once the gate finally does not close properly at all any more, it can already be too late. So, please check your fence and gate regularly and never use a rope to tie your gate shut.

Hazard 2: Incomplete Fencing
Some homeowners want to access their pool through the patio door, mostly a sliding glass door. What seems to be an enticing feature can turn out to be a big safety hazard. Once the fence is attached to the house, the actual protection is not provided by the fence, but by this sliding glass door, which isn’t necessarily self-closing, self-latching or self-locking. To ensure safety the fence has to be a complete enclosed barrier around the entire pool area.

Hazard 3: Cracked Pool-Covers
Jamie Snyder of The Albert Landscaping Group recommends using a cover for extra safety. “It is not only a great safety barrier and hides the tempting water, but also has the advantage to reduce the heating cost for a pool”, he explains. According to a study of the US Department of Energy a pool cover can reduce the gas heating cost for a pool from $1.904 to $296 this equals a yearly savings potential of $1791.

Unfortunately also pool covers can age. While many of them have a long life span, it depends a lot on the way you use them. A cover on a pool in a shady area will last longer than a cover which is exposed to direct sunlight all day.

Most covers feature a warranty of 10 to 20 years, but you have to watch out to use them for the purpose you bought them. If you buy a winter cover and let it sit out on the pool all summer, some manufacturers might not honor the warranty. Check your pool covers for cracks, as they get older. Often you can hear an old cover stretching when you gently push on it. That means that the cover is dry-rotted and can break when somebody walks or crawls on it. To prevent safety hazards keep up with the maintenance of your pool area and check your safety features on a regular basis.

Pool covers: The new smart choice for savings and safety

Posted by Josefine Koehn on Wed, Apr 04, 2012 @ 45:08 PM

Each year 300 children drown in a swimming pool, according to the statistics of the U.S. consumer product safety commission. In addition more than 2000 children have to be hospitalized for submersion injuries. Those accidents usually happen in a pool owned by the family – despite safety precautions like fences and door alarms.

“The problem is, that the kids are still enticed by the water when the pool is just surrounded by a fence”, explains Jamie Snyder from Albert Group Landscaping and Swimming Pools. “They simply climb it or somebody forgets to close the gate. It is just not as safe as it could be.” To prevent even the possibility of an accident he recommends the new power safety pool covers.swimming pool dealer monroe ny

“Not only is it one of the safest barriers, it also hides the water, which usually tempts the children to play at the pool”, he says. “Parents simply have to turn the key and don’t have to worry anymore.” Some of the covers can carry up to 12 adults. “That does not mean, that you should use the space as a BBQ-area”, explains Snyder, “but the cover will surely carry a few of curious 5 year olds.” Some states like Florida, California, Indiana even recognize the new pool covers as “stand alone barriers”. New York State still requires the pool to be fenced in.

But the safety feature is not the only advantage. According to a study of the US Department of Energy a pool cover can reduce the gas heating cost for a pool from $1.904 to $296 this equals a yearly savings potential of $1791. Plus, an Automatic Swimming Pool Cover is green. As per the study, the cover does not only save water by reducing evaporation by 90 to 95 %, it also can help to cut down on chemicals, which mainly dissipate with the evaporation and the wind blowing across the pool surface.

And last but not least, it is convenient and easy to use. Ask Monroe's pool-expert Jamie Snyder about the cover which might best fit you needs.


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